The NBA has been around for 64 years now. You can only imagine how many players have passed through in those years. Of course only the best of the best make it to the NBA and the only the best of the best in the NBA become superstars.
The term wasted talent comes up a lot in professional sports leagues. People will wonder and question the effort of those players everyday until the sport isn't around anymore. The so called waste of talents in the NBA have only themselves to blame. Considering I play basketball, these players irritate me the most. I dream everyday of playing professionally in the NBA and when I see players such as Vince Carter, Stephon Marbury, Latrell Sprewell, and even Kobe, I envy these ignorant players.
The biggest waste of talent in my opinion may be a shocker to most of you, but it is Vince "Vinsanity" Carter. Yes, yes, he was a superstar in his prime and no one questions his skills and knowledge of the game. The topic most of the people don't bother talking about is if he really reached his full potential. It's pretty hard to imagine isn't it? Since the first time I watched Vince Carter play for the Raptor's I knew he was going to be one of the greats. I would see dunk after dunk, game winner after game winner. There was nothing this man could not do. People were even comparing him to the great Michael Jordan. I don't blame them. The part they didn't see about Vince was the mental part of his game. No, he was and is not stupid or arrogant. In fact he is one of the most "mentally weak" superstars in my opinion.
Think of all the great players in the hstory of the game. Michael, Magic, Larry Bird, Kareem, Bill Russell, Kobe, all these players had both the physical and mental capability to be the best in their era. Vince Carter is one of the many that simply does not have "it." Players such as Kobe and Michael are one in a million. Vince Carter may be one in a million talent and skill wise but he is missing one piece of the puzzle. That is why he will never be considered one of the top 10 players of all time.
You may be wandering how great his talent really is. That is a fair question. His talent is so great, that his game is merely based off pure physical ability. Yes, Vince Carter is playing all off his "God given talent." I can't name many players that can do that. I almost guarantee that if Vince did not practice for a month he could still walk out on that court and dominate. Why? Because he has the capability to be one of the best ever.
Here is my point. There are billions of people on this Earth. Out of those people a handful will be given the ability to dominate the game of basketball just by walking out on the court. Good for them. I guarantee 90% of them won't care about getting better as soon as they get their first pay check. For the rest of us we will have to continue to work hard and get better. That is all we can do. Even doing that will not be enough to overcome players like Vince Carter and Kobe. I will forever envy these players for as long as I live. These players only give me motivation to get better and appreciate their greatness and you should too.
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